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FAQ

General

1. About Myanmar

June – October: Myanmar has a tropical climate, with the southwest monsoon bringing rain from June to October. You can experience wet climate in rainy or green season with heavy rainfall from June to August for long periods of time during June-August, and moderate or low rainfall during September-October. However, the central Myanmar receive only a fraction of the rain. This season could be suitable for budget travellers.

November – February: From October onwards, winter or cool season starts from November until February with the least humid time of the year and the clearest air, during which it is the best time to visit most of Myanmar for all kinds of travellers.

March – May: Summer or hot season, which starts from March to May, is the hottest time of the year. If you do not mind the hot weather and dust, you can consider travelling to Myanmar during summer.

As Myanmar is a conservative country, locals prefer to cover their skin as much as possible. Most locals wear Myanmar traditional attire, which consists of a blouse and longyi. The longyi is a cylindrical cloth. The longyi worn by men are called paso while the longyi worn by women are called htamain. Even though they look similar, the paso and htamain have difference colours and patterns and are worn differently by men and women. While the paso has usually dark colours and stripes or checks, the htamain can have floral patterns and bright colours.

For women, body or skin revealing clothing should be avoided much like in the rest of Asia. Shoulders and knees should generally be covered at all times. This is particular the case at religious sites, where you will simply be turned away if your dress code is not appropriate.

For men, the dress code is not as strict as women but keep in mind that you cover knees especially when visiting religious sites.

During green season from June to October, a light raincoat is always recommended as Myanmar is famous for having a heavy monsoon. You can either bring an umbrella or buy one when you arrive. Casual lightweight and warm attire is a good idea.

During winter from November to February, light cotton and linen clothes are recommended as temperatures are slightly cooler. It is always a good idea to bring warm jackets and jumpers as the nights can get colder.

During summer from March to May, baggy clothes are recommended to bring together with a hat and sun cream.

Myanmar cuisine includes dishes from various regions of Myanmar. The diversity of Myanmar’s cuisine has also been contributed to by the myriad of local ethnic minorities. Myanmar cuisine is characterized by extensive use of fish products like fish sauce and ngapi (fermented seafood).

Mohinga, the traditional breakfast and Myanmar’s national dish, is a must-try dish during your travel to Myanmar. Burmese cuisine also includes a variety of salads (a thoke), centred on one major ingredient, ranging from starches like rice, wheat and rice noodles, glass noodles and vermicelli, to potato, ginger, tomato, kaffir lime, long bean, laphet (pickled tea leaves), and ngapi (fish paste). These salads have always been popular as fast foods in Myanmar cities. Laphet (pickled tea leave salad) is another must-try dish.

The following is a list of kinds of dishes found in Myanmar cuisine.

  1. A thoke (salads)
  2. Bamar influenced
  3. Chinese inspired
  4. Indian inspired
  5. Kachin inspired
  6. Rakhine inspired
  7. Shan inspired
  8. Mon inspired
  9. Hin
  10. Desserts
DateDayHoliday
1 JanTueNew Year Holiday
4 JanFriIndependence Day
6 JanSunKayin New Year
12 FebTueUnion Day
2 MarSatPeasants’ Day
20 MarWedFull Moon Day of Tabaung
27 MarWedArmed Forces Day
13 Apr to 16 AprSat to TueThingyan Water Festival
17 AprWedMyanmar New Year
1 MayWedLabour Day
18 MaySatFull Moon Day of Kasong
16 JulTueFull Moon Day of Waso
19 JulFriMartyrs’ Day
12 Oct to 14 OctSat to MonFull Moon Day of Thadingyut
10 Nov to 11 NovSun to MonFull Moon Day of Tazaungmone
21 NovThuNational Day
25 DecWedChristmas Day
26 DecThuKayin New Year
31 DecTueNew Year Holiday

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Before Your Trip

1.Travelling With Children

We offer a wide range of family trips in Myanmar. There is no minimum age required for most of our tours. However, some tours such as ones that include trekking, ballooning, snorkelling and other activities may have minimum age restrictions to ensure that included activities suit each age range.

2.Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is highly recommended for all visitors. You’d rather not think about all of the things that might go wrong on your tip, but these things can and do happen. Therefore, it is important to keep you protected during your trip.

At a minimum, your travel insurance should be comprehensive, providing cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability. We also strongly advise you to have coverage of cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

4. Safety And Medical Information

The safety of our visitors is a top priority for Travel Now. With this in mind, we shall monitor political stability very closely and make operational decisions based on information from a number of reliable sources, in particular Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, Ministry of Home Affairs and so on. In reality, most of Myanmar is very safe to travel.

In general, Myanmar is considered safe to travel due to the facts that there is no tourist-related violence reported in the popular traveller circuit of Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle,  Pyin Oo Lwin, Hsipaw, Ngapali and the Mergui Archipelago.

Although we take all the precautions as much as we can to ensure your belongings are safe, we are travelling to some exciting destinations that may be prone to theft. Travel insurance is highly recommended and a lockable bag or money belt will always help too.

As far as crime is concerned, Myanmar is a safe country to visit. Fortunately, crime against foreigners in Myanmar is extremely low. It is in the Buddhist religion that bad deeds do not go unpunished in the next life, so you are unlikely to be on the wrong end of a transaction with a heavily-armed thug.

Our tour guides and leaders are trained to cope with these situations and we will get you help as fast as possible. If you must terminate the trip early because of illness or injuries, we will help you find appropriate medical care and ensure someone at home is aware of the situation if required. We will endeavour whatever we can to get you home or on your onward journey. Your travel insurance, which is highly recommended, should cover any cost incurred in case of illness or injuries.

5. Currency Information

The official currency of Myanmar is Burmese Kyat (MMK). As a tourist in Myanmar, two currencies are required for spending.

  • US Dollar (USD) is generally used for flights, most hotels, some government entry fees, high-end restaurants and shops, etc.
  • Burmese Kyat (MMK) is generally used for some cheap guest houses, buses, local taxi, most restaurants, local shops, etc.

It is advisable to bring in as much cash as you would spend. Although ATMs are available in all major cities and airports, they are limited in numbers. You must bring enough cash to Myanmar, preferably US dollars, which are widely accepted. Optionally, you can bring Euros and Singapore dollars. You can exchange on arrival at the airports or any other authorized money changer using US dollars, Euros or Singapore dollars.

Most importantly, the condition of your dollars must be as near to perfect as possible, otherwise the money changers will not accept them. You need to ensure that dollar notes do not have any marks, stamps, anti-counterfeit pen, ink, or any other mark. Money changers have been known to reject notes just for being creased or lightly worn. They also don’t accept poor-conditioned notes.

Credit card is not commonly used in Myanmar. So most of your credit cards will not work in Myanmar. However, airlines, major hotels and supermarkets accept payment by Visa card only. This may however come with some heavy fees and less than desirable exchange rates as well as lacking any guarantee that it will actually be functioning on the day. It is always advisable to check it out thoroughly before using the service and have a back-up plan in case paying with a card is not available or fails.

6. Essential Documents

It is important that you always travel with your valid passport, visas, travel insurance and any other required documentation.

7. Booking And Payment

We recommend you to make a booking as soon as you know you can travel and you have made up your mind on which tour you would like to go on. If you want to travel during high season (from October until April) and during peak season such as Christmas, New Year, and Myanmar Thingyan Festival, you should make a booking at least few months in advance.

We accept the following three modes of payment.

    1. Visa/Master Card Payment (Debit/Credit Card)
      We shall issue invoice and send payment URL link where payment can be made with Visa/Master card for agreed services. Additional card payment fee of 4% shall be responsible and paid by the client. In the invoice issued by us, card payment fee is not included.
    2. Bank-to-Bank Wire Transfer
      Travel Now shall provide the following bank account details via email for payment with wire transfer. Any transaction charge incurred on your side shall be responsible and paid by the client. In the invoice issued by Travel Now, bank wire transfer charge on your side is not included.

      • Bank Name
      • Bank Address
      • Bank Account Holder’s Name
      • Bank Account Number
      • Swift Code
    3. Western Union Money Transfer

We shall provide the following details via email for payment with Western Union. Any transaction charge incurred on your side shall be responsible and paid by the client. In the

    • Name
    • ersonal Identification Number (National Registration Number)
    • Address
    • Contact Phone

After money transfer, you will need to provide us with details including digits for money transfer security.

It is absolutely safe because the payment system used by our bank is secured by 128-bit SSL technology. Your Visa/Master card information will not be stored in our system.

Yes, once payment has been made, you should contact us together with proof of evidence (screenshot/photos of successful payment summary page/documents) via email. Then, we shall acknowledge the payment after we have checked.

During Your Trip

1. Arrival Information

You will be greeted by our representative at the airport upon your arrival if airport transfer is included. They shall be holding a placard of your name for identification.

Generally, check-in time is 14:00 and check-out time is 12:00 noon but check-in and check-out times can vary from hotel to hotel. If you arrive earlier than check-in time, you will be able to store your luggage with the hotel and head out to explore for a couple of hours.

Yes, we can request for an early check-in to the hotel but we cannot confirm it but we can assist in making an extra night booking for an early check-in.  If you do not wish to pay for the extra night, you can try your luck because the hotel may let you in early if the room is available.

2. Keeping In Touch With Home

Telecommunication facilities are improving in Myanmar. Local SIM cards are easy to get your hands on. Therefore, it is usually easy to keep in touch with your beloved ones in your home if you wish. However, in remote places such as some trekking routes, community-based tourism (CBT) places and so on, you will have very limited or no access to telecommunication.

There are four mobile networks in Myanmar; MPT (Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications), Ooredoo, Telenor and MyTel. MPT has the widest mobile network coverage of 96% throughout Myanmar. MyTel is the newest telco.

If family and friends are unable to contact you in case of emergency via email or phone, they can contact Travel Now directly. Emergency contact details shall be provided by us.

The availability of internet access is widespread. Internet speed has recently improved considerably, but outside of the major cities, Internet speed may be slow.

In most places, you will be able to recharge your electrical appliances at the hotel. We recommend you bring a travel adapter with you. Myanmar has a voltage of 230 V and an electrical frequency of 50 Hz.

3. Tipping Information

Tipping is not compulsory in Myanmar but tipping is expected. If you are happy with the service you received, tipping – though not compulsory – is appropriate. It is advisable to show appreciation to their services and inspire them to maintain excellent quality of services by tipping.